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Attorney Dies Amid Probe of Alleged Financial Wrongdoing

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Stratford-based attorney died in early June under unusual circumstances two months after state disciplinary officials asked that his license be temporarily suspended and two weeks after an appointed trustee for his practice, accompanied by police, tried unsuccessfully to gain access to the house where he practiced.

Kevin Kane

State Police, Media Battle in Court Over Newtown Shooter's Documents

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Months after the Newtown tragedy, State Police released a lot of information on their investigation into the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and gunman Adam Lanza, but they didn't release everything, and a court battle between authorities and the media over unreleased documents has ensued.

Law Tribune Announces Professional Excellence Award Winners

The Law Tribune is proud to announce the winners of its first-ever Professional Excellence Awards.

Federal Lawsuit Says State Veterinary Board Violates Antitrust Laws

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A veterinarian facing possible disciplinary action for giving reduced amount of vaccines to small pets, a practice he asserts is safer for animals, is suing the Connecticut Board of Veterinary Medicine for attempting to discipline him. He claims the number of veterinarians on the board violates federal antitrust laws.

Thomas McNamara

Court Upholds $1 Million Priest Abuse Verdict, Rejects Church Challenge to State Law

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a $1 million jury verdict in a priest sexual abuse case against the Archdiocese of Hartford. The 57-page majority ruling also shot down challenges from the diocese that the state's expanded statute of limitations for bringing sex abuse claims was unconstitutional.

James Horwitz

Misdiagnosed Heart Condition Leads to $3 Million Med-Mal Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

The estate of a man who died after his heart condition had been misdiagnosed has been awarded $3 million following a jury trial in Hartford.

Beth Steele

PTSD Claim Factors into $284,000 Verdict in Drunk Driving Accident

By Christian Nolan |

Two women who were injured after a drunk driver veered onto the wrong side of the roadway and slammed into their car head-on were recently awarded nearly $284,000 by a judge.

Hugh Keefe

Police Officer Gets New Trial In Crash That Killed Two Teens

By Christian Nolan |

The state Appellate Court has ordered a new trial to a Milford police officer who crashed into a car with two teenagers, killing them both, while racing a colleague in the middle of the night.

Christopher Cramer

Phantom Vehicle Blamed in I-91 Crash Resulting in $135,000 Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A man filed a lawsuit after being rear-ended while driving along Interstate 91, setting off a dispute between two defendants over who was actually responsible for the collision and resulting in a verdict of nearly $134,500.

Convicted Attorney Loses Law License for Five Years

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A longtime attorney from Seymour serving a 30-month federal prison term for money laundering has also been suspended from practicing law for five years.

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Mark Dubois: Attorney Sues for OT, Says Document Review Work is Clerical

By Mark Dubois |

The case of Lola v. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom made it to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit the other day, and should make for some interesting reading, though I doubt it will change the law any.

Best Books: Top Lawyers Offer Summer Reading Suggestions for Peers

A few years ago, the American Bar Association published an article based on interviews with 30 well-known attorneys who were invited to identify what books they have read and would recommend for "pleasure reading." In turn, as the Fourth of July weekend approaches, the Connecticut Law Tribune's Editorial Board is offering a similar array of recommendations for summer reading.

Disciplinary Hearing Planned in Decade-Long Feud Between Two Lawyers

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

It's been more than a decade that attorneys Joseph Elder and Wesley Spears have been at odds, dating from the day in 2004 that Elder allegedly misrepresented his identity to a Plainville police sergeant and claimed he was Spears. But the case may finally be coming to a head with a hearing scheduled this month before state disciplinary officials.

David Rosen

Court Says Newtown Police Not Liable for Shooting By Mentally Disturbed Man

By Megan Spicer |

Nearly three years before the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Newtown police faced another situation involving a person with an apparent mental illness and a firearm. This one didn't result in any loss of life, but it did lead to a gunshot injury and a lawsuit against Newtown police. So far, the courts have said the officers acted properly.

Conn.-Based Crabtree & Evelyn Names New General Counsel

By Law Tribune Staff |

Crabtree & Evelyn, the Connecticut-based maker of bath and body products, has appointed a former Hinckley, Allen & Snyder partner to the post of global general counsel.

Veterinarian Goes to Federal Court in Dispute Over Pet Vaccinations

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A veterinarian facing possible disciplinary action for giving reduced amount of vaccines to small pets, a practice he asserts is safer for animals, is suing the Connecticut State Board of Veterinary Medicine for attempting to discipline him. He claims the number of veterinarians on the board violates federal antitrust laws.

Attorneys John M. Brown, left, and Stephen J. Brown, far right, represent Kelli and Keith Ferguson, two of four family members who have brought employment law complaints against a catering company.

Father's Firing Leads to Barrage of Employment Lawsuits by Family Members

By Christian Nolan |

The catering business seemed to be in the Heslin family bloodlines. Things couldn't have been better for their lives and their careers until one day when their employer, Fairfield Caterers, decided that at age 70 father Kevin was getting too old for the job. That set off an age discrimination lawsuit that, the Heslins claim, also led to demotions and terminations of three other family members.

Television Set Maker Sues State Over Recycling Law

By Megan Spicer |

Two years ago, Connecticut beefed up its law governing the regulation of so-called electronic waste. To offset the cost of Connecticut municipalities and transfer stations handling old television sets and other electronic devices, the state charges manufacturers a recycling fee.

James Horwitz

Updated: $3M Med-Mal Verdict Comes After Doctor Admits Error

By Christian Nolan |

The estate of a man who died after his heart condition had been misdiagnosed has been awarded $3 million following a jury trial in Hartford.

Jeffrey Meyer

Judge Orders $2.9 Million Payment to Company to Offset Embezzlement

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A roofing company has won a $2.9 million civil judgment against a former Connecticut employee who allegedly embezzled nearly $1 million to pay for his personal expenses.

David Newman

Conn. Court Affirms 355-Million Ruble Russian Divorce Decree

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

It's not often that Connecticut courts become involved in divorce cases where the monetary stakes are described in Russian rubles.

Law Tribune Seeking New Leaders in the Law Nominations

It’s time to start thinking about the Law Tribune’s annual New Leaders in the Law event.

Court Says Day-Care Center Can't Fight High-Voltage Line on Property

By Amaris Elliott-Engel |

Can you run a day care center with a 90-foot tall, 345-kilovolt electric transmission line running through your property? Chester McGurk felt he could not and filed suit against the utility that until recently was called Connecticut Light & Power.

James Harrington

Casino Pays $775,000 Settlement After Limo Crash Injures Passenger

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was injured while riding in a limousine on his way home from a casino has settled his lawsuit in the Mohegan Tribal Court for $775,000.

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Norm Pattis: Delayed Case Is Like Something Out of a Novel

By Norm Pattis |

Were Charles Dickens alive, he might choose the case of Ricciuti v. Gyzenis as the topic of a latter-day "Bleak House."

Court Rejects State's Disbarment Request for Lawyer Involved in Fee Dispute

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

The state Appellate Court upheld a lower court's decision to reprimand, rather than disbar, a Bridgeport attorney accused of mishandling a client's funds related to a $1.1 million arbitration award.

Editorial: State Should Eliminate Waiting Period for All Divorces

For many years, Connecticut law has imposed a 90-day waiting period upon any party who wishes to be divorced in this state. It was apparently a matter of public policy that imposing such a delay was deemed important to allow a "cooling-off" period during which parties might reconcile. For a variety of reasons, that policy should be reconsidered and the 90-day waiting period should be eliminated.

Chase Rogers

Conn. Court Says Violent Reclaiming of One's Own Money Isn't Robbery

By Christian Nolan |

A man charged with using violence to get his own money back from an ex-girlfriend has had his acquittal upheld by the state Supreme Court.

Editorial: Tax Law Marks New Extreme in Legislative Dysfunction

We are used to the usual chaos at the end of every session of the Connecticut Legislature. This year is no exception. But what is exceptional is the last-minute creation of a unitary tax for national and international corporations.

Mark Sommaruga

Commentary: 'Deflategate' Offers Legal Lessons for NFL and Employment Lawyers

By Mark J. Sommaruga |

To begin with, full disclosure: I am a lifelong New England Patriots fan (and season ticket holder). However, as an attorney I am trained to be objective. The aftermath of the "Deflategate" investigation should be of interest to both sports fans and employers, and represents a cautionary tale for both a popular sports league and the workplace in general.

Xavier Pryor

Motorcycle-Minivan Accident Results in $143,000 Verdict

By Christian Nolan |

A man who was thrown from his motorcycle after another vehicle turned left in front of him was recently awarded roughly $143,000 by a Hartford jury.

Conn. Judge Certifies Class Action Challenge to Medicare Appeals System

By Christian Nolan |

A federal judge in Connecticut has given a group of Medicare beneficiaries permission to bring a class action lawsuit challenging the government health insurance program's failure to decide appeals within the 90 days required by law.

Veterans With PTSD Who Filed Conn. Lawsuit Get Discharge Upgrade

By Law Tribune Staff |

Five Vietnam combat veterans who brought a federal lawsuit in Connecticut against the Pentagon have been awarded more honorable military discharge status, leaving the future of their litigation in doubt.

John Buckley and his family at the Belmont Stakes.

Attorney's Thoroughbred Investment Leads to Up-Close View of Horse-Racing History

By Megan Spicer |

While nearly everyone else in the grandstand was focused on American Pharaoh in the Belmont Stakes, John Buckley's eyes were set on one of his challengers. That's because Buckley, a New Haven attorney, is part owner of Keen Ice, a colt that some oddsmakers thought had the biggest chance of springing an upset.

William Clendenen

Incoming CBA President Looks to Expand Membership, Cultivate New Leaders

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

As William Clendenen Jr. gets ready to lead the Connecticut Bar Association as its new president, his goals include increasing membership, providing more leadership opportunities to young and diverse lawyers, and helping the poor get needed legal assistance. Clendenen, founder and principal of Clendenen & Shea in New Haven, officially takes over the reins on July 1.

Beth Carpenter

Ex-Lawyer Convicted in Murder-for-Hire Case Loses Bid for New Trial

By Associated Press |

A former Connecticut lawyer has lost her bid for a new trial in a murder-for-hire case that landed her in prison for life and was depicted in books and TV shows.

Commentary: Courts Should Publicize Pot Conviction Erasures

By Duane Luede |

The Law Tribune recently published a news item titled "Pot Users in No Rush to Clear Names." It was a follow-up to a story published a couple of months earlier in which the state Supreme Court, in State v. Menditto, ruled that a person previously convicted of possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana was entitled to have that conviction erased on presentation of the appropriate petition and supporting evidence.

Conn. Judge Certifies Challenge to Medicare Appeals System

By Christian Nolan |

A federal judge in Connecticut has given a group of Medicare beneficiaries permission to bring a class action lawsuit challenging the government health insurance program's failure to decide appeals within the 90 days required by law.

Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District Gets New State's Attorney

By Law Tribune Staff |

Richard J. Colangelo Jr. will have some big shoes to fill. A state prosecutor for more than two decades, he has been named state's attorney for the Stamford-Norwalk Judicial District.

Lawsuit Blames Conn. Troopers for Man's Suicide During Armed Standoff

By Megan Spicer |

Tim Devine appeared set on killing himself on the night of July 23, 2012, and it seemed no amount of negotiation would change his mind.

Thomas McNamara

Updated: Justices Reject Church's Challenge to Statute of Limitations Extension

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a $1 million jury verdict in a priest sexual abuse lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of Hartford.